When I was little and people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. It varied greatly from year to year, or even month to month. Nurse (because in my young-2 or 3 year old- mind, nurses where girls as boys were doctors), doctor, marine biologist, artist, photographer, journalist, FBI agent…
Of course I also wanted to be a mom, but society says we should aspire to be more than ‘just a mom’, so I thought I needed to be more. Even in high school, I had a Sunday school teacher tell me I needed to be more than ‘just a mom’.
God has shown me a lot since then.
He has given me a desire to train these precious little ones up in the way that they should go. To stay home with them.
Once they are grown, I will have more time to pour into others. I think the church has dropped the ball on the Titus 2 instruction.
Since becoming a mom, I have been asked a few times what I do. I don’t think I have ever used the words ‘just a mom’.
I feel like the greatest thing I can do for the Kingdom of God, and the world in general, is to raise our children according to the Word.
I have heard it said that
“Quality doesn’t happen without quantity.”
It is pretty true. If you try to force quality, often it does not happen. But if you are spending a lot of time with someone, those moments do happen, naturally.
Mama, chef, gardener, laundry woman, nurse, teacher, comforter, planner, coordinator, chauffeur….all titles I fill pretty much every day.
This is my mission field.
I almost skipped this prompt. Partially because I used my post on a Mama’s Mission Field in another Loft Linkup, forgetting about this, and I did not have any ideas for a meaningful post. But I ran across this quote and wanted to share.
“Those think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing, think the reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship; but dream not that she is lost to the work of the church; far from it, she is doing the best possible service for her Lord. Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty.”
Another quote I love is often mistakenly attributed to C.S. Lewis:
Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.
John Trainer, MD
Sometimes we think purpose or calling has to be some grandiose call to be a president, or foreign missionary, or CEO of a company.
Most often though, it is simple steps of obedience daily.
What is your calling?